TF card installation

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Install most OS images (Except Android)

Windows

  1. Insert your TF card into your computer. The size of TF should be larger than the OS image size, generally 4GB or greater.
  2. Format the TF card.
    1. Download the TF card format tool such as TF Formatter from https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/eula_windows/
    2. Unzip the download file and run the setup.exe to install the tool on your machine
    3. In the "Options" menu, set "FORMAT TYPE" option to QUICK, "FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT" option to "ON".
    SDFORmatter V3.0.0.0.png Option Setting.png
    Check that the TF card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool.
    Click the "Format" button.
  3. Download the OS image from the Downloads webpage.
    http://www.orangepi.org/downloadresources/
  4. Unzip the download file to get the OS image.
    Right click on the file and choose “Extract all”.
    Ensure that neither the file name of the image you're using or the path contain any spaces (or other odd characters, for that matter).
  5. Write the image file to the TF card.
    Download a tool that can wirte images to an TF card, such as Win32 Diskimager from:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/files/Archive/
    Open the unzipped image file.
    Win32 Disk Imager.png
    Click Write button. Wait patiently to successfully complete writing.

Ubuntu(Linux)

  1. Insert your TF card into your computer. The size of TF should be larger than the OS image size, generally 4GB or greater.
  2. Format the TF card.
    1. Check the TF card node.
      sudo fdisk -l
    2. Delete all partition of TFcard.
      Use d command to delete all partition of TF card and use n command to add one new partition and use w command to save change.
      sudo fdisk /dev/sdx
    3. Format all the partition of TF card as FAT32.
      sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sdxx
      (x should be replaced according to your TF card node)
      You can also jump this step under Linux, because write image command dd under Linux will format the TF card automatically.
  3. Download the OS image from the Downloads webpage.
    http://www.orangepi.org/downloadresources/
  4. Unzip the download file to get the OS image.
    unzip [path]/[downloaded filename]
    If the filename extension is .tgz, run the following command.
    tar -zxvf [path]/[downloaded filename]
    Ensure that neither the file name of the image you're using or the path contain any spaces (or other odd characters, for that matter).
  5. Write the image file to the TF card.
    1. Check the TF card node.
      sudo fdisk -l
    2. Verify if the hash key of the zip file is the same as shown on the downloads page (optional).
      sha1sum [path]/[imagename]
      This will print out a long hex number which should match the "SHA-1" line for the TF image you have downloaded.
    3. Unmount all the partition of the the TF card
      umount /dev/sdxx
    4. Write image file to TF card.
      sudo dd bs=4M if=[path]/[imagename] of=/dev/sdx
      Wait patiently to successfully complete writing. Please note that block size set to 4M will work most of the time, if not, please try 1M, although 1M will take considerably longer.You can use the command below to check progress.
      sudo pkill -USR1 -n -x dd

Install Android OS image

Android image can not use the dd command under the Linux nor the Win32Diskimager under Windows, you need to use PhoenixCard to make the TF card.

(Note : If the laptop card slot can not burn the TF card, you can use the TF card reader. )

  1. Download the Android image and PhoenixCard.
    Android image from Download page:
    http://www.orangepi.org/downloadresources/
    PhoenixCard:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_VynIqhAcB7NTg2UkRDdHRWX2s/edit?usp=sharing
  2. Format the TF card to Normal
    Phoenixcard1
    Successfully to format the TF card to normal, click the button.
    Phoenixcard2
  3. Burn Android image to the TF card.
    Phoenixcard3
    Wait patiently to successfully complete writing. It will take a few minutes.
    Phoenixcard4
  4. Now you can insert TF card into the Orange Pi, plug in the mouse, display and power supply, to experience the Android system on your Orange Pi.
    Android system startup interface:
    (The first time start the system will take a long time, please be patient. )
    The figure below shows the start interface of Android 4.2 For Orange Pi v2.0 image.
    Android v2.jpg